In the Face of Death

55% of the Christians who have completed this activity think the murder of children is sometimes morally justified. Do you agree with them?

This activity is designed to shed some light on your moral intuitions by looking at how you judge the behaviour of people who choose to take a life or lives because they (seemingly) believe that in the particular circumstances they face, the act of killing is justified by its consequences.

The situations decribed in two of the three scenarios presented here actually occurred. You'll likely find it not easy to determine whether or not the actions of the protagonists were morally justified. There are no obvious right or wrong answers here. Simply choose the responses that you're most inclined towards.

The other thing to bear in mind is that you'll get the most out of this activity if you read the scenarios carefully. The people involved in the events described here had to make difficult decisions in circumstances of almost unimaginable horror. The best way to get a sense of what they were going through is to spend some time thinking about each scenario.

Really Deep Thought

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition, and mutual envy of the living.
   --Thomas Hobbes.


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